Workplace partnership and legitimacy: A multi-layered analysis of the shop steward experience

Peter Butler, Olga Tregaskis

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The phenomenon of workplace partnership has attracted significant academic interest. This article uses case study evidence from a traditional heavy engineering MNC context to examine how the pursuit of collaborative strategies impacted the roles of a multi-layered, mature community of trade union shop stewards. The analytical lens of legitimacy is used to provide insight into the contrasting experiences of senior and sectional stewards – a hitherto overlooked area. Our work suggests limitations at one level of representation may be offset by advances at another, and thus aids understanding of the conditions underpinning the impact of partnership.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)895-911
Number of pages17
JournalWork, Employment & Society
Issue number6
Early online date19 Feb 2015
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


  • legitimacy
  • Intra role conflict
  • Workplace partnership
  • Shop stewards

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